Ubuntu’s rise to power has been rapid, historic and well-deserved. It’s the best Linux distribution ever, but most people only use a fraction of its power. Award-winning Linux author Keir Thomas gets down and dirty with Ubuntu to provide over 300 concise tips that enhance productivity, avoid annoyances, and simply get the most from Ubuntu. You’ll find many unique tips here that can’t be found anywhere else. You’ll also get a crash course in Ubuntu’s flavor of system administration. Whether you’re new to Linux or an old hand, you’ll find tips to make your day easier.

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This book is currently out of print.

About this Book

  • 400 pages
  • Published:
  • Release: P3.0 (2011-02-18)
  • ISBN: 978-1-93435-622-7

Ubuntu builds on a solid base of Debian Linux to create an award-winning operating system that’s light-years ahead of its competitors. Ubuntu consistently tops lists of the most popular Linuxes amongst professionals and enthusiasts; Dell recently embraced Ubuntu in its product lines after a user survey indicated overwhelming public support.

Ubuntu Kung Fu provides hints, hacks, tweaks and tricks for every level of user. Free of the usual dross that fills tips books, Ubuntu Kung Fu is written to be entertaining and, above all, readable. Its 300+ concise tips utilize and exploit hidden or lesser-known features to boost day-to-day productivity, and have more fun using Ubuntu. You’ll also find tips on tweaking Ubuntu, wrangling the system into shape, optimizing, enhancing security, and lots more. Learn what extraordinary things can be done with Ubuntu.

If you’re migrating from Windows or Mac OS X, this book is for you. These tips have one aim—to produce results as quickly as possible, in an environment where you can polish your skills as you read.

This is the Linux book for the rest of us.

Contents and Extracts

Full Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • An Ubuntu Administration Crash Course
  • The Tips: See some excerpts

About the Author

Keir Thomas is a Linux Journal award-winning author who has been writing about Linux, operating systems and computer hardware for over a decade. Formerly a computer magazine journalist and editor, working on titles such as Linux User and Developer, Linux Magazine and PC Utilities, his other book titles include Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third Edition; Beginning Fedora Linux; and Beginning SUSE Linux, Second Edition.

He works as a full-time author and lives on the side of a mountain in the United Kingdom. His hobbies include hiking, cycling and vegetable gardening.

Comments and Reviews

  • Lorin Ricker said:

    I recommend it highly to anyone who has become, or is becoming, an Ubuntu Linux user and enthusiast.

    Slashdot.org Review
  • Ubuntu Kung Fu is excellent. The tips are fun and the hope of discovering hidden gems makes it a worthwhile task.

    —John Southern Former editor of Linux Magazine
  • Wow! There are some great tips here! I have used Ubuntu since April 2005, starting with version 5.04. I found much in this book to inspire me and to teach me, and it answered lingering questions I didn’t know I had. The b ook is a good resource that I will gladly recommend to both newcomers and vetera n users.

    —Matthew Helmke Administrator Ubuntu Forums
  • Ubuntu Kung Fu is a fantastic compendium of useful, uncommon Ubuntu knowledge.

    —Eric Hewitt Consultant LiveLogic, LLC